Buckwheat Meat Patties Recipe (2024)

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Buckwheat Meat Patties are filled with protein, healthy grains, and veggies. They’re perfect as an appetizer, side dish, or entree. Best of all, you can whip up a batch using the ingredients you likely already have hanging out in your kitchen!

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Buckwheat Meat Patties are a popular Eastern European dish. In Ukraine, they are called “hrechanyky”. They land somewhere in between a hamburger and a breakfast sausage patty, but are made much more filling with the addition of hearty buckwheat (that’s right: buckwheat isn’t just good for making breakfast cereal). With a simple seasoning of paprika, salt, and pepper, these patties are ultra-savory, yet extremely versatile.

Their simplicity makes this recipe the perfect candidate for meal prepping. Make a batch (or three!) on a slow Sunday and have quick protein on hand for the rest of the week or month (freezing instructions below). When you need an easy, no-fuss meal, pull some patties out and sandwich them between brioche buns (we love doing this with salmon cakes too), use them as a salad topper, or pair them with a vegetable dish.

Did you know? Buckwheat is a gluten-free grain that touts a nutty, toasty flavor. For those who are Celiac or simply watching their gluten intake, it’s a great, filling substitute to rice.

What are Buckwheat Meat Patties?

There are many different variations of buckwheat meat patties, but a few key ingredients always remain: ground meat, buckwheat, and eggs to bind everything together.

  • Flavor – The richness of the ground meat (a combination of chicken and beef in this recipe) is balanced by the earthiness of the buckwheat and veggies. Although these patties are packed with flavor, they are neutral enough that both kids and adults alike enjoy them.
  • Texture – These patties serve up quite the bite. By blending the onions and carrots, the juices of the veggies are released into the meat, making the patties ultra-moist. This is contrasted by the firm, yet chewy, texture of the cooked buckwheat grouts.
  • Time Required to Prepare – These patties come together in about an hour and don’t require any fancy cooking techniques. All you need to know how to do is blend, mix, and form a patty with your hands.

Hot Tip: Have an ultra-picky eater in your house who scoffs at the sight of vegetables? These patties are a stealthy way to sneak a serving onto their plate.

How to Make Buckwheat Meat Patties

With just a few simple steps, these patties come together in no time.

  • Make the Patty Mixture: Whip up the patty mixture by first cooking your buckwheat. Then, puree sauteed carrots and onions. Combine buckwheat and veggies with eggs, ground meat, paprika, salt, and pepper. Don’t be afraid to be generous with the seasoning. Using your hand or a slotted spoon, mix until combined.
  • Form the Patties: Form a nice, palm-sized patty in your hand. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but you’ll want to make each one is a similar size for even cooking.
  • Brown and Bake: Brown each side of the patty and transfer to a lined baking sheet. Repeat until you use all of the meat mixture. Finish cooking the patties in the oven. Enjoy!
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Tips for Making Buckwheat Meat Patties

  • Preparing buckwheat and veggies. Ensuring that both the buckwheat and veggies are cooked properly will make a world of difference when it comes to nailing the texture. Softening the buckwheat grouts and pureeing the carrots and onions also allows the patties to bind more effectively with the eggs, meat, and seasoning.
  • Dealing with stickiness. Typically, the mixture won’t stick too much, but if you find that it does feel free to coat your hands with a bit of water in between patties.
  • Browning is crucial. Browning is one of the most crucial steps to yield a perfect texture. This process cooks off any excess fat, locks moisture inside the patties, and ensures they don’t fall apart. Just make sure you don’t brown them in the pan too long, as they will finishing cooking in the oven.
  • Sneak in more veggies. If you want to up the veggie content (without your kids knowing!), saute and puree in some zucchini and garlic too.

Serving Buckwheat Meat Patties

There are many ways to enjoy your buckwheat patties. To serve them more traditionally, top them with a bit of sour cream and serve them alongside pickled veggies (great for winter) or a fresh cabbage salad (perfect for summer).

If you want to veer off the traditional track, pop them in between a freshly baked brioche bun for a fun spin on a burger. You can top them with cheddar cheese, tomatoes, onions, and all the usual suspects.

Making Buckwheat Meat Patties In Advance

Whether you’re prepping ahead for party in a couple of days or freezing a batch for the next couple of months, buckwheat meat patties can easily be prepared in advance.

  • Refrigerating: Place completely cooled patties in an airtight storage container in the fridge. They will last for up to a week. To reheat, pop in the oven until warmed through or in the air fryer for a couple of minutes.
  • Freezing: Place completely cooled patties in a single layer on a lined baking tray. Pop into the freezer. Once frozen, transfer to a freezer-safe plastic storage bag. To reheat, follow either method above.
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What are the benefits of eating buckwheat?

Buckwheat is so healthy it’s considered a “superfood”. It’s a trifecta of protein, fiber, and nutrients.

How long does cooked buckwheat stays fresh?

Cooked buckwheat lasts for 3-5 days when stored in an airtight container in the fridge. Use leftovers as a salad topping or side dish.

Can you freeze buckwheat?

Buckwheat is great for freezing and is wonderful to have on hand. Once you cook your buckwheat, allow it to cool down completely. Transfer it into a freezer safe plastic bag in your desired portions. Reheat in the microwave with a little bit of water.

What are different types of buckwheat?

There are two types of buckwheats that are grown for consumption: common buckwheat (used in this recipe) and Tartary buckwheat (tougher and typically ground into flour).

More Buckwheat Recipes

  • Healthy Buckwheat Soup – Hearty beef or pork soup
  • Stewed Buckwheat And Beef – Classic Ukrainian/Russian comfort food
  • Stuffed Bell Peppers – Mushroom and buckwheat stuffed peppers
  • Buckwheat with Mushrooms – Healthy vegetarian dish
  • Buckwheat Pancakes – Earthy, nutty and fluffy!


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Buckwheat Meat Patties Recipe

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10 Servings

Prep Time 30 minutes mins

Cook Time 30 minutes mins

Total Time 1 hour hr

Recipe contributed by: Natalya Drozhzhin

Buckwheat Meat Patties are filled with protein, healthy grains, and veggies. They're perfect as an appetizer, side dish, or entree.


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  • Prepare ingredients. Boil buckwheat in 2 cups of water until fully cooked.

  • Preheat a skillet with oil over medium heat. Add in diced onion and grated carrots. Cook until mixture is softened. Puree with a blender.

  • Combine buckwheat, eggs, vegetables, ground meats, and seasoning. Stir to combine until you get an even mixture.

  • Form a patty about the size of your palm. Preheat a non stick skillet on medium highheat, and brown both sides of each patty. Place them on a baking sheet.

  • Bake for about 30 minutes at 350°F. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

Buckwheat Meat Patties Recipe

Amount Per Serving

Calories 287 Calories from Fat 153

% Daily Value*

Fat 17g26%

Saturated Fat 5g25%

Cholesterol 104mg35%

Sodium 1475mg61%

Potassium 518mg15%

Carbohydrates 15g5%

Fiber 2g8%

Sugar 1g1%

Protein 19g38%

Vitamin A 2200IU44%

Vitamin C 1.6mg2%

Calcium 28mg3%

Iron 1.9mg11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Posted June 16, 2021

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Natalya Drozhzhin

Natalya founded Momsdish to demonstrate that placing a homemade meal on the table is not hard at all. Natalya makes cooking easier and approachable, by simplifying the ingredients, while still producing the same great taste.

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    KarlaNov 15, 2023

    Do you add any water to the carrot/onion mixture when you blend it?

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      Natalya DrozhzhinNov 15, 2023

      Hey Karla, I do not add any water. It'll blend easily without any water. Enjoy!

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        KathleenDec 4, 2023

        Mine didn't blend without water. I had to add some...which I think resulted in the meat mixture being to moist and the patties then falling apart in the pan. Very frustrating. An extra egg and a bit of cornmeal corrected it and the rest of them turned out nicely. Much more savoury and tasty then I expected. Half the salt though! I used 1.5-2t for a half recipe and it was plenty.

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          Natalya DrozhzhinDec 4, 2023

          Thanks for sharing what worked for you Kathleen. 🙂

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    AmandaSep 19, 2023

    Can I use two lbs of beef, instead of ground chicken? Or a lb of beef and a lb of lamb?

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      Natalya DrozhzhinSep 19, 2023

      Hi Amanda, Feel free to use your protein of choice!

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    NelyaMar 12, 2023

    Really good! I typically love the ground onion, but these were amazing too. Except 1 tbsp salt.

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      Natalya DrozhzhinMar 12, 2023

      Hi Nelya, I am glad to hear that this recipe was a success. Thank you for sharing your feedback. Enjoy!

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    NelyaJan 13, 2023

    Trying these tomorrow! Love that they’re baked

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      Natalya DrozhzhinJan 13, 2023

      Hi Nelya, I hope you love them as much as we do! Good luck and enjoy!

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    AshaSep 1, 2022

    Is it ok to just pan fry the patties ( no oven)?

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      Natalya DrozhzhinSep 1, 2022

      Hey Asha, yes it is but you have to make sure that they are fully cooked. Enjoy!

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        AshaNov 8, 2022

        Thanks! They came out really great in the oven, so I'll probably stick with that 🙂 We had them with gravy once, and Japanese katsu curry sauce another time- so versatile!

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          Natalya DrozhzhinNov 8, 2022

          So glad to hear that!! Having them with gravy sounds so delicious! Thank you for getting back to me with the results! Enjoy!

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    SalwaJun 18, 2022

    whats the best way to freeze them raw before cooking?

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      Natalya DrozhzhinJun 19, 2022

      Hi Salwa, for freezing you'll want to cook them first. Place completely cooled patties in a single layer on a lined baking tray. Pop into the freezer. Once frozen, transfer to a freezer-safe plastic storage bag. Reheat in an oven or air fryer. Enjoy!

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        SalwaJul 16, 2022

        HI, making these now 😀 How many patties are in each serving? Also, is the measurement for the buckwheat of them dry or after cooking?
        Thank you!!

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          Natalya DrozhzhinJul 16, 2022

          Hi, this would be uncooked buckwheat. We make them pretty large in size, about 2 per serving. But it would depend how large you make them. Enjoy

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      Natalya DrozhzhinOct 10, 2021

      Ohh I love the idea of the dipping sauce that sounds amazing!! You should share the recipe 🙂

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    leeOct 1, 2021

    Did a half batch and used only ground/minced turkey added some spices(cumin,corriander,chilli,ginger) also spinach to the carrot onion mix.I love kasha and enjoy it on its own flavoured with chicken or vegetable stock but this recipe lends its self well to different flavours.Next time i'm going more traditional as my wife is Polish and she was brought up on kasha as a staple in the times of the transition from communism to more western thinking,Gdansk,Lech Wałęsa,and serious food shortages.

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      Natalya DrozhzhinOct 1, 2021

      Hello Lee, I love that you have been playing with all sorts of variations! The one you made sounds amazing, if you try more variations I would love to hear about them 😊

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    MilaJul 16, 2021

    Perfect, but I skipped ground chicken and also I ground buckwheat. They’re tasted very good, I got compliments from everyone.
    Also, I think they need sauce as a final touch, white or red. I had red.

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      Natalya DrozhzhinJul 17, 2021

      Mila, that sounds delish! Glad you got to make them.

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    NatalieJun 18, 2021

    Love the name! I am excited to try these. Love that there is chicken & beef. Look hearty & loaded with flavor!

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      Natalya DrozhzhinJun 18, 2021

      Enjoy the recipe!

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    Andrea ThuesonJun 18, 2021

    I was intrigued by the idea of adding buckwheat but also a bit nervous too. But the recipe was delish!

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      Natalya DrozhzhinJun 18, 2021

      They are incredible right?! And it adds fiber to the meatballs, which is always a good thing 🙂

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    ValentinaJun 18, 2021

    These buckwheat patties are so delicious and EASY to make! The perfect weeknight dinner with a side salad and potatoes!

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      Natalya DrozhzhinJun 18, 2021

      So glad you loved the recipe, thank you for taking the time to comment!

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    WorkingMomOct 10, 2020

    This sounds great as I'm trying to get away from grains and eat as health (and easy) as possible. I'm wondering if anyone's tried to freeze them yet?
    I think they might freeze after the frying stage and then bake to thaw/cook?
    Please share as I'd like to make a bunch to keep in the freezer to thaw at will.

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      Natalya DrozhzhinOct 11, 2020

      Hey, yes you can freeze them after they are fully cooked. Reheat in a. microwave, oven or a pan. Enjoy

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    RuslanaMay 6, 2020

    Did you cover them in the oven?

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      Natalya DrozhzhinMay 6, 2020

      Yes, keep them cover this way they don't dry out. Enjoy!

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        RuslanaMay 6, 2020

        Thanks for the quick response. Just placed them in the oven 🤤🙂

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          Natalya DrozhzhinMay 6, 2020

          I hope you love them. Keep me posted.

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            RuslanaMay 7, 2020

            I loved them, and my sister and her kids loved them too. Kids kept asking for more 🙂Thanks. I used only 1tbsp salt but I salted the buckwheat a little when I was a cooking it so that probably made up for some of the salt too.

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              Natalya DrozhzhinMay 7, 2020

              Hey Ruslana, I am so happy to hear that kids loved them. That's always the feedback. Thank you so much for sharing!

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    RachelNov 7, 2019

    Are buckwheat and kasha the same thing?
    And do you use whole or cracked buckwheat?
    This recipe looks yummy.

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      Natalya DrozhzhinNov 7, 2019

      Hey Rachel, kasha is a general term for many different grains in Easter Europe. A lot of people do call buckwheat kasha. I do use whole buckwheat.

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    DonnaSep 24, 2019

    Is there something I can replace the egg with? These sound delicious but my daughter has an egg allergy.

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      Natalya DrozhzhinSep 24, 2019

      You can skip the eggs altogether. It helps them to stay firmly together but they will be ok without the eggs.

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    ArinaApr 11, 2018

    These are really yummy, but I would like to say that they were way too salty. I could have gotten away with about half the salt and pepper. Otherwise, great recipe.

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      Natalya DrozhzhinMay 7, 2018

      Wow, I do like things more on the salty side. Thanks for sharing feedback.

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    TanyaFeb 15, 2016

    Made these and they were absolutely delicious!! Definitely a keeper. Thank you!

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      Natalya DrozhzhinFeb 16, 2016

      Nice:) I read your comment while riding in a train and smiled big. People are probably wondering why 😉 lol

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    LanaFeb 2, 2016

    So do you fry them and then bake them as well? Or just bake them in the oven?

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      Natalya DrozhzhinFeb 5, 2016

      Fry them to create a crust and after that bake them. It adds a lot more flavor.

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    MariaJan 20, 2016

    Can you use 2 pounds of ground chicken instead of the two ground meats?

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      Natalya DrozhzhinJan 20, 2016

      Yes, that will work great!

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How do you cook buckwheat so it doesn't go mushy? ›

One of the Russian old recipe collectors, William Pokhlyobkin, states that buckwheat should be cooked with steam rather than water, and it's better to not interfere with the process. Adding water during cooking is a recipe for mushy buckwheat.

What is the ratio of buckwheat to water? ›

How to cook buckwheat. Place the toasted buckwheat in a pan with two parts water to one part buckwheat. Once boiling, reduce the heat and simmer for 10 - 12 minutes until tender, then drain off any excess liquid.

Does roasted buckwheat need to be soaked? ›

Firstly, what you need to know when it comes to cooking Kasha is it's not the same as cooking raw buckwheat. Therefore, it does not need to be soaked or rinsed beforehand and does not need to be cooked as long either.

How do you make buckwheat taste nice? ›

Toast in a dry frying pan for 2-3 mins until nutty and fragrant (this adds a roasted flavour to the buckwheat, but you don't have to toast it). Simmer in boiling water for 5-10 mins until the grains are tender but still have a little bite.

Why did my buckwheat turn to mush? ›

Other mush-making culprits might be cooking it in too much water, or simply overcooking it: “Keep an eye on it, and keep tasting,” Timoshkina says.

What happens if you don't rinse buckwheat? ›

Many recipes suggest rinsing the buckwheat, either before or after cooking. However, from extensive testing I have discovered this is not necessary so long as you cook the buckwheat in lots of freshly boiled water.

How do you know when buckwheat is done? ›

In a medium sauce pan, combine buckwheat groats with 1 3/4 cups water, 1 Tbsp butter and 1/2 tsp salt. Bring to a simmer then cover with a tight fitting lid and simmer on low for 18-20 minutes. Just like with rice, you should hear hissing while it's cooking and it will get quiet when it's done.

Is it OK to eat undercooked buckwheat? ›

People can eat raw buckwheat groats after soaking and draining the raw groats to make them easier to digest. Otherwise, boil the groats in water before adding them to salads, sides, or mains.

How long does it take to cook buckwheat? ›

Bring water to boil in a small pot. Add buckwheat and salt. Return to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook until tender, 10–15 minutes.

What flavors go well with buckwheat? ›

Even creamed buckwheat batters will benefit when whipped eggs are folded into the batter or leavened with baking powder. Earthy flavors and robust ingredients go hand in hand so it's no surprise that the assertively earthy notes of buckwheat pair well with walnuts, coffee, chocolate, honey and strong spices.

What are the pros and cons of buckwheat? ›

Buckwheat contains a decent amount of fiber and plant compounds with antioxidant properties which may help support heart health and reduce blood sugar. It may cause allergic reactions in some people. Buckwheat belongs to a group of foods commonly called pseudocereals.

What is the healthiest way to eat buckwheat? ›

Here are a few easy ways to incorporate buckwheat into your diet:
  1. Replace all-purpose flour with a buckwheat version to add more fiber and other nutrients to your breakfast pancakes.
  2. Combine buckwheat with bananas, cinnamon, and eggs to create healthy muffins.
  3. Make porridge with buckwheat groats.
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Should you soak buckwheat before cooking? ›

Often simplest preparation is best. I cup of raw buckwheat will yield about 4 cups of cooked buckwheat. I like to soak raw buckwheat groats before cooking. It reduces the cooking time substantially, making it totally doable on busy mornings.

Should I rinse buckwheat before cooking? ›

A: No, it's not necessary. You can rinse it if you prefer.

Why do you soak buckwheat? ›

Soaking also soften's the hard-to-digest fibres and starches that often irritate our gut lining. No more tummy pains or uncomfortable bloat! The evening before making my granola, I place the buckwheat groats in a bowl and cover them with clean, filtered water.


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